USA Quilting Tour with Michelle Marvig

18
Nights
2019
Oct 18
From
$8295
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Visiting Chicago, Indianapolis, Paducah, Cincinnati, Berlin & Houston for the International Quilt Festival

Tour highlights

  • A tour of Chicago
  • Arts Institute of Chicago
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park
  • Quilters Quest - Chicago
  • Quilt Quarters - Indianapolis
  • The Museum of American Quilting
  • Hancock’s of Paducah’s Fabric Store
  • Must Stitch Emporium
  • Among Friends - featured in Better Homes & Garden’s Quilt Sampler Magazine as a Top Ten Shop in 2008
  • Visit the historic Roscoe Village
  • Tour of homes on a one hundred acre working Amish farm
  • Swiss Village Bakery, Swiss Village Quilts and the Music Box Chalet
  • An Amish-style dinner
  • International Quilt Festival
  • Texas Quilt Museum
  • Farwell dinner
USA Quilting Tour with Michelle Marvig Map

Includes

  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane to Chicago and return from Houston back to Australia. Flights from Perth will have a surcharge.
  • Accommodation in carefully selected first and moderate first-class, centrally located hotels with private facilities or the best hotel in small towns in country areas. Hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Breakfast daily, a welcome and farewell dinner and an Amish dinner
  • Travel in a first-class coaches
  • Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Tour leadership by Michelle Marvig as detailed in the itinerary.
  • The services of a Travelrite Tour Manager.
Michelle Marvig

Michelle Marvig

Michelle has always had a love affair with textiles. She has been a part of the Australian quilting industry for the last 25 years. She started as a sample quilt maker for a fabric importer and her work was seen by magazine staff. This was the start of a long career working with Australian patchwork magazines, which included publishing over 100 projects, feature writing, editing three books culminating as Creative Director for Quilters Companion for the past year. She has presented eight DVDs’ on a wide variety of techniques and last year published her third book, Quilt Workshop for Beginners. She has designed three fabric ranges and is now working on her fourth range of fabrics for Leutenegger. Michelle enjoys imparting her knowledge to students and has a busy teaching schedule all around Australia. Her work has won several awards at the NSW Quilt Guild Show. She has been leading the Travelrite International patchwork tours since 2008, enjoying exploring America, France, England, Japan, Europe, Canada and Vietnam with her fellow quilters.

Read an Interview with Michelle Marvig

Day 1 Friday 18 October 2019 Departure/Chicago, IL
We depart Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane and fly via Los Angeles to Chicago. We arrive the same day as we depart because we cross the International Date Line. Upon arrival we are transferred to our central city hotel.

Day 2 Saturday 19 October, 2019 Chicago
This morning we enjoy a tour of Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, with a local guide. During the tour we will see the Magnificent Mile, a part of Michigan Avenue, where exclusive shops line the wide boulevard. We also see the fourth Presbyterian Church built in the Gothic Revival style and the one hundred storeys high, John Hancock Centre. This afternoon we visit Millennium Park home to the Bean before walking across the park to visit the Arts Institute of Chicago, which has a large selection of textiles as well as a magnificent collection of European, Asian and American Art. In the evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Michelle Marvig and other tour members.

Day 3 Sunday 20 October, 2019 Chicago
This morning we visit the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park. This home was built in 1889 to Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. It was extended in 1895 and 1898 as their family and wealth grew. Frank Lloyd Wright incorporated his new ideas into his home. We will see how advanced they were for the time. This afternoon we travel to Woodridge to visit Quilters Quest. They have great batik, oriental and modern fabrics.

Day 4 Monday 21 October, 2019 Indianapolis, IN
Today we drive south through the beautiful American countryside to Indianapolis. On arrival we will visit Quilt Quarters, a quilt shop that has been in operation for 25 years. This store stocks more than 6,000 bolts of fabric, gorgeous kits and all other quilter’s needs. After we check into our hotel Michelle will meet tour members who would like to join the group for dinner.

Day 5 Tuesday 22 October, 2019 Indianapolis
This morning we will see the White River State Park and the Indiana World War Memorial on the way to the Eiteljorg Museum. This wonderful museum showcases American Indian and Western Art. In the afternoon we will visit Crimson Tate Quilting Store. It is a vibrant store with yards of fabric, patterns, quilt and sewing supplies and design kits. The store was founded with the aim of providing all the materials necessary to create beautiful non-traditional and modern quilts.

Day 6 Wednesday 23 October, 2019 Paducah, KY
This morning we drive to Paducah, a hub for quilting shops and museums. On arrival we check into our hotel for three nights.

Day 7 Thursday 24 October, 2019 Paducah
In the morning we will visit the Museum of American Quilting, home to many award winning and historic quilts. We will see over 150 antique and contemporary quilts on display. In the afternoon we visit the famous Hancock’s of Paducah’s Fabric Store. Bring your shopping list as you browse among the rows and rows of fabrics in this huge shop. Bargains can be found in the back room. The fabric fills the floor area, the walls are covered in books and notions. Home decorator fabric and trims are also available. They will post home from the shop on the day!

Day 8 Friday 25 October, 2019 Paducah
Today we visit Must Stitch Emporium, which sells a lovely array of fabrics and quilt supplies located downtown. We will have some free time to explore the town before visiting Paper Pieces, which supplies premium quality notions and pre-cut paper pieces for English Paper Piecing. In the evening Michelle Marvig will meet those wishing to dine with the group.

Day 9 Saturday 26 October, 2019 Cincinnati, OH
Today we travel to Cincinnati, Ohio. Settled in 1788 on the north side of the Ohio River it is regarded as the first fully American city. On the journey we stop in Louisville to visit Among Friends. It is one of the largest quilt shops in the state of Kentucky, stocking five to six thousand bolts of quality cotton fabrics, over 1,000 book and pattern titles and hundreds of tools and notions. Among Friends was featured in Better Homes & Garden’s Quilt Sampler Magazine as a Top Ten Shop in 2008. This quilting store has inspiration around every corner.

Day 10 Sunday 27 October 2019 Berlin, OH
Today we will drive to Berlin the centre of Amish culture in Ohio. Amish and Mennonite people fled from Europe in the 16th century to escape religious prosecution to this area. Their descendants continue to turn their backs on the modern world. They do not use electricity or cars. It is a centre of traditional crafts including quilting. We will stop in the pretty town of Coshocton to visit the historic Roscoe Village which is a bridge to a time when the canal system changed the course of Ohio history. Visitors to this unique and picturesque Village step back into the story of Ohio’s heritage and are immersed in living history. The restored 1830’s port town has shops and cafes housed in 19th-century buildings. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby to go to a local restaurant.

Day 11 Monday 28 October 2019 Berlin
Today we travel through stunning Ohio countryside and visit Yoder’s Amish Home for a tour of homes on a one hundred acre working Amish farm. We have the chance of an authentic Amish buggy ride and to learn about the history and customs of the Amish faith. We have time to visit Miller’s Dry Goods quilt shop. We continue to Schrocks Amish farm, which houses Berlin Craft Mall where we will find baskets, outdoor furniture, candles and local pottery. Tis the Season Christmas shop supplies wonderful Christmas decorations. We return to Berlin late afternoon which you will have the opportunity to explore Berlin and its charming shops which include Helping Hand Quilt Shop, a large shop with great prices, and Country Craft Cupboard both of which have hundreds of handmade crafts and quilts made by Amish women.

Day 12 Tuesday 29 October 2019 Berlin
This morning we visit Walnut Creek where we may visit the Copper Kettle Cannery, Walnut Creek Kitchens and other outlets for homemade jellies, mustards etc. This afternoon we travel to Sugarcreek settled by Swiss people, who were reminded by the picturesque scenery of their homeland. We will visit the Swiss Village Bakery, Swiss Village Quilts and the Music Box Chalet. We will travel around the back roads, where we will see the colourful Amish families travelling in their horse and carriages. We will visit other shops in Little Switzerland. The group will visit the Be Halt Cyclorama that is 10 feet tall and 265 feet long. It illustrates the history of the Amish and Mennonite people from the Anabaptist beginnings in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525 to the present day. This evening we will have an Amish-style dinner. This meal will feature potatoes and noodles, delectable home-made pies and other typical dishes. We will also enjoy a show at the Ohio Star Theatre at Dutch Valley.

Day 13 Wednesday 30 October 2019 Houston, TX
This morning we will drive to Cleveland for our flight to Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States and an international business centre. Houston’s downtown area has a sense of emptiness, because there are over six miles of underground tunnels connecting more than seventy of the major businesses. They are a welcome escape from the humidity for which Houston is famous. We will enjoy a four-nights stay here. Tonight is preview night for the International Quilt Festival. We will attend preview night to be ready for the Festival activities tomorrow.

Day 14 Thursday 31 October, 2019 Houston
The International Quilt Festival opens today to the public. Be inspired by the hundreds of quilts in the special exhibitions. Meet award winning quilters on the show floor, as Quilts Inc fly them in to tell you about their winning quilts in depth. Shop the stands for all quilt related products, including antique quilts and vintage fabrics. There are a large number of classes and lectures that tour members will be able to attend. Book early, so that you are able to register for the classes of your choice. There will be classes offered in appliqué, design and all aspects of quilting, which you can book on the internet. Please contact Michelle Marvig if you require further information about classes.

Day 15 Friday 1 November, 2019 Houston
Today we visit The International Quilt Festival. There will be time to browse among the displays and buy items for future quilting. In the afternoon we will travel out to the Painted Pony N Quilts at La Porte. This store has been featured in BHG Quilt Sampler series and it’s reputation has been well earnt. 10,000+ bolts of fabric can be found in every nook and cranny in the 1930’s/Happy Room, Rainbow/Civil War Reproduction Room, Batik/Blender Room, and Sale Room. Books, notions, patterns, and there are plenty of samples to entice. Refreshments are served too! Save some space in your suitcase for this shop.

Day 16 Saturday 2 November, 2019 Houston
Today we travel to the quaint town of Le Grange for a visit to the Texas Quilt Museum. Housed in an historic 1895 building on La Grange’s town square this recently opened museum has a wealth of beautiful and historic quilts. Three displays of quilts are hanging at any given time. Next door is a fantastic shop called the Quilted Skein, which has a fabulous collection of wools and fabrics to tempt you. A variety of other shops and cafes surround the square and it is wonderful to experience a small, rural American town. We return to Houston this afternoon and the rest of the day is free or you may visit the International Quilt Festival. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to say goodbye to Michelle Marvig and other tour members.

Day 17 Sunday 3 November, 2019 Departure
We will have the early morning free for independent activity before transferring to the airport for our flight to Los Angeles and on to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Day 18 Monday 4 November, 2019 Inflight

Day 19 Tuesday 5 November, 2019 Arrival Australia
The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.

Twin Fare Single Fare
$8,295 $10,895
Air taxes and fuel charges $200 $200
Total $8,495 $11,095

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane to Chicago and return from Houston back to Australia. Flights from Perth will have a surcharge.
  • Accommodation in carefully selected first and moderate first-class, centrally located hotels with private facilities or the best hotel in small towns in country areas. Hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Breakfast daily, a welcome and farewell dinner and an Amish dinner
  • Travel in a first-class coaches
  • Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Tour leadership by Michelle Marvig as detailed in the itinerary.
  • The services of a Travelrite Tour Manager.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing and general expenses not specified in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Additional travel arrangements not in the tour itinerary will be quoted for separately.

Extending:

You can stay longer in USA for minimal extra cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser.

TOUR COSTS:
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 12/9/18. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 60 days of departure from Australia.

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
A deposit of $900 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 62 days before departure for the Quilters Companion Tour. Payment may be made by cheque or cash a 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX cards.

AIR TAXES:
From Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 12/9/18. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:
Over 62 days before tour departs there will be a loss of $900.

TOUR ORGANISATION:
Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

REFUNDS:
The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. Australian passport holders require an ESTA. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.

BAGGAGE:
All passengers qualify for the 2 suitcases per person baggage allowance. One case per person will be accepted on the coach.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 91 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare

TOUR ORGANISATION:
Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organizer. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the state of Victoria. How to Book: Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900. for the Quilters Companion Quilting tour.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900 for the Quilters Companion USA Quilting tour.

Please send to:
Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning Travelrite International on the following numbers:

Toll Free 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 36 years. It is fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) and has two fully credited IATA offices Heathmont and Balwyn. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been operating special interest tours for thirty years, and now runs over 120 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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